“The world is a small place”, a quote that is often heard these days. It suggests that there are many opportunities open to us all whether searching for a dream job or an opportunity to study overseas, the relocation benefits are endless.
As a result, relocation for a job is part of adult life for many, but whether you have relocated a few times before or it is your first experience it is still scary.
Finding somewhere to live
The ideal job has been accepted and the relocation is going ahead. The first big challenge is going to be finding a new home. This can be tricky, particularly if you don’t know the area you are moving too very well and it is quite a distance away.
Now is a good opportunity to ask yourself some questions about your lifestyle so that you know exactly what you are looking for. If you need extra time to work this out it is a good idea to move to a city centre to be central to everything whilst you get your bearings and decide on you relocation checklist for the perfect home.
Properties on offer like, these serviced apartments in Southampton present the perfect opportunity for luxury living without the commitment of long-term leases or a new mortgage. There wouldn’t be any need to find furnishings fast either.
Short terms lets offer the perfect flexible stop gap giving you time to meet new colleagues and make new friends, who you can then badger for information on the local area before making a more permanent property decision.
Remember that your home is going to be the place you spend most of your time so it is important to get it right. Give yourself some time.
Before embarking on any relocation it is important to get your finances in order and make sure you are able to make the move. If your new employer knows that you are moving to a new area for your job they may well have offered you a relocation package or to at least cover your relocation expenses. This will be a great help.
Still, it is important to have a bit of money in reserve for the deposit on a house and a couple of months expenses. It can take a couple of months for your salary to settle down after a job relocation. There are also a lot of hidden expenses when moving into a new home. Be prepared.
Packing up your belongings is an irksome chore, but it does give you a good opportunity to have a good clear out. It may not feel like it at the time but this is on the list of relocation benefits. Evaluate your belongings and get rid of anything that is holding you back or weighing you down.
You could make some money out of selling unwanted furniture, clothes and books to add to your relocation funds. If time is limited and there is no time for selling, donate your unwanted items to charity and feel good about helping others.
When sorting through your paperwork it is very important that you shred any unwanted documents to keep your identity safe and reduce the risks of identity fraud.
Box up all the items that are moving and clearly label all the boxes, perhaps by room to help you sort them quick in your new property. If nothing else, once you are at your new location you will want to be able to find the kettle and your clean bedding. You are likely to be exhausted after a very long day.
Removals and Storage
If you are moving a considerable distance it may be that your need to arrange for a removal service to transport your belongings. Shop around for a good deal and remember the more stuff you have the more costly it will be to move it. As well as having full insurance and the right expertise a removal company will be able to deal with large amounts of awkward furniture just as well as a small van of possessions which need moving. Make sure you budget these costs into your relocation expenses, it is worth the money to save
Make sure you budget these costs into your relocation expenses, it is worth the money to save on the stress of relying on family and friends and trying to move your belongings yourself.
Consider self storage, either at your current location or your new one. Self storage is particularly useful if you are moving into a short term let until you find a more permanent housing arrangement. There is really no need to be moving everything twice.
Leaving friends and family has got to be, emotionally, the hardest part of relocating. Thank goodness for technology. It is much easier to keep in touch these days with the like of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all those other social media platforms available. You can still see your old friends every day if you wanted to…on a screen of course.
If you are moving to a city where you don’t know anyone, set up a regular call date with a family member or close friend. This will give you something to look forward to, it will also be a lifeline and connection to what used to be your home.
Of course, you will meet new colleagues in your new workplace but extend your social circle by joining a club or class outside of work. You are in a new city with a new job, this is the perfect opportunity to start new hobbies and interests too. New friends are sure to come along as part of these new experiences.
Get involved in something that you have always fancied having a go at. Join a choir, take a class in metal spinning, join a running group and train for your first 5K. You could even join a book club, wine group or the local gym.
Making new friends, trying new hobbies and discovering a new area are some of the best relocation benefits. The biggest worry in the whole process is the relocation costs, but get your relocation strategies right, negotiate a good relocation package and you will have a great adventure.
Have you recently relocated for a job? How did things go for you? We would love you to share your experiences, good or bad, with us in the comments.